Your On-Set Bag

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Every set is different.

You might find yourself in the middle of a field with nothing but a flimsy tent for shelter, or you might be in a luxurious trailer with incredible catering and superfast 5G.

But wherever you are, you must be prepared for the day on set so after surveying all the actors we know, and from our own extensive experience, this is a list of items we optionally take with us on set to cover any eventuality!

Of course not every time will be needed every time, but if you check off this list the day before you’re due on set, you should be well covered.


  • the script
  • the call sheet with all contact numbers for the production, ADs, etc
  • pen & notebook for quick notes
  • mobile phone + recharge cable/plug/spare battery
  • wallet + money/credit card
  • passport/id card
  • full water bottle
  • facemask and sanitizing hand gel
  • tissues
  • mints and/or mouth spray
  • aspirin/ibuprofen/throat lozenges/indigestion pills etc
  • personal makeup (including mirror, eyedrops, plasters, sanitary products) as needed
  • suitable coat (warm/waterproof, etc in case you’re stuck outside waiting)
  • thermal underwear for those long night shoots
  • book (crossword books are good to pass the time) or kindle etc

Useful items as needed

  • download local map onto phone if it’s off the beaten track
  • bus/train/plane tickets as needed
  • toothpicks/toothbrush/toothpaste
  • chapstick sun lotion
  • mosquito spray hat
  • umbrella
  • laptop or tablet (and pen)
  • buds/headphones/speakers
  • sunglasses (and other glasses if needed) your house keys
  • business cards if you have them

Longer periods

If you’re going to be away for a longer time, then these extras might come in handy:

  • shaver
  • wash bag (incl nail files, clippers, trimmers, deodorants, talc, creams, etc)
  • earplugs
  • snacks
  • night clothes (tee/shorts/flip-flops)
  • casual hotel clothes (for breakfast, travelling to set)
  • formal clothes (after wrap party)
  • plug socket adaptor if needed
  • leatherman/Swiss army knife – or at least a bottle opener
  • foreign currency

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